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The terrorist leadership in Marawi City is reportedly unraveling as government forces resumed air strikes yesterday to flush out the followers of the Maute brothers Omarkhayam and Abdullah and the Abu Sayyaf faction of Isnilon Hapilon, the military said.

Donations continue to pour in for families of soldiers killed in the Marawi conflict and for other displaced persons since the military opened two bank accounts last week.

With barely a week left in June, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has urged legislators to decide soon whether or not the Oct. 23 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections will push through.

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Torture remains a means by government security forces to extract information from suspects, human rights group Karapatan said on the eve of Monday's International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.

A military spokesman claimed on Monday that Islamist fighters still entrenched in Marawi have beheaded several individuals based on accounts of rescued civilians, although it has not yet recovered any decapitated body.

After five weeks of fighting against local terror groups, the Armed Forces of the Philippines expressed confidence that offensive operations will be over soon and victory will be at hand.

The Philippine military said on Monday that a priest held captive by Islamist militants in Marawi is still alive, as rescue operations continue to reduce the number of hostages trapped in the city to several hundreds.

The military said on Monday that it is open to dialog with Islamist militants still entrenched in parts of Marawi to save civilians trapped in the fighting.

Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon, one of the world's most wanted terrorists, may have already abandoned the Maute group which has laid siege in Marawi City, the military said on Monday.

A defense analyst said on Monday that the battle between Philippine security forces and Islamist militants in Marawi City which had left hundreds dead and scores injured could be considered a case of “pintakasi.”

The Filipino artist behind the floating “female Oblation” sculpture inside the University of the Philippines Diliman has denied allegations that he copied the idea from a public art installation in the Netherlands, but the Dutch sculptress believes it is plagiarism.

The Office of Vice President Leni Robredo will set up temporary learning spaces for children displaced by the ongoing clashes between government forces and the Islamic State-linked Maute terror group in Marawi City.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) yesterday reported that close to 70,000 workers employed under so-called “end of contract” (endo) scheme have been regularized almost a year under the Duterte presidency.


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